The Coldest War: A Memoir of Korea [NOOK Book]

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America's "forgotten war" lasted just thirty-seven months, yet 54,246 Americans died in that time -- nearly as many as died in ten years in Vietnam. On the fiftieth anniversary of this devastating conflict, James Brady tells the story of his life as a young marine lieutenant in Korea.

In 1947, seeking to avoid the draft, nineteen-year-old Jim Brady volunteered for a Marine Corps program that made him a lieutenant in the reserves on the day ...
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Overview



America's "forgotten war" lasted just thirty-seven months, yet 54,246 Americans died in that time -- nearly as many as died in ten years in Vietnam. On the fiftieth anniversary of this devastating conflict, James Brady tells the story of his life as a young marine lieutenant in Korea.

In 1947, seeking to avoid the draft, nineteen-year-old Jim Brady volunteered for a Marine Corps program that made him a lieutenant in the reserves on the day he graduated college. He didn't plan to find himself in command of a rifle platoon three years later facing a real enemy, but that is exactly what happened after the Chinese turned a so-called police action into a war.

The Coldest War vividly describes Brady's rapid education in the realities of war and the pressures of command. Opportunities for bold offensives sink in the miasma of trench warfare; death comes in fits and starts as too-accurate artillery on both sides seeks out men in their bunkers; constant alertness is crucial for survival, while brutal cold and a seductive silence conspire to lull soldiers into an often fatal stupor.

The Korean War affected the lives of all Americans, yet is little known beyond the antics of "M*A*S*H." Here is the inside story that deserves to be told, and James Brady is a powerful witness to a vital chapter of our history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429901956
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 276,720
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


James Brady is the author of Further Lane, Gin Lane, The House That Ate The Hamptons, and The Marines of Autumn. His weekly columns for Advertising Age and Parade magazines are considered must-reads by millions. He lives in Manha ttan and in East Hampton, New York.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2013

    RECOMMENDED READING FOR THOSE WHO REMEMBER KOREA.

    I REMEMBER LISTENING TO THE RADIO BEFORE GOING OFF TO SCHOOL IN THE MORNING AND HEARING THE LOSS COUNTS ON BOTH SIDES.NOW READING THIS ACCOUNT MAKES IT VERY CLEAR THAT IT WAS NO PICNIC AND SURPRISES ME THAT SO LITTLE HAS BEEN PORTRAYED BOTH IN FILM AND NOVEL FORM.THE REAL HORRORS WILL BE KNOWN ONLY TO THOSE WHO SERVED IN THE CONFLICT.GOOD BOOK.

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  • Posted December 25, 2010

    very good korean war tale.

    Enjoyed the book, but edirting terrible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2006

    The Forgotten War

    This book does not show away from any aspect of war from going to using nature's call to seeing dead men on barbed wire. Unusually, this book does not have the usual cynicism of a war memoir, just the details of an everyday marine in Korea. Some may be offended by his racial slurs, however.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2001

    Korea is not forgotten

    Brady brings Americans back to the forgotten war by not only educating but also inspiring his reader.

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